This single is the world premiere recording of renowned composer R. Murray Schafer’s exciting new work Five Greek Folk Dances recorded by Toronto musicians violinist Stephen Sitarski & pianist Réa Beaumont.
R. Murray Schafer, composer
World-renowned composer R. Murray Schafer is the recipient of five honorary doctorates. An outspoken, prolific composer and author, Schafer has composed a cycle of mammoth music dramas “Patria” (homeland) over the past 40 years. The works draw freely on mythologies and are staged outdoors, incorporating the natural environment into the work itself.
In 2013 Dr. Schafer was made a Companion of the Order of Canada “for his contributions as an internationally renowned composer of contemporary music, and for his groundbreaking work in acoustic ecology.” He was awarded the first Glenn Gould Prize (1987), the Canada Council for the Arts’ Walter Carsen Prize, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achivement (2005), which is Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. For more information visit the Canadian Encyclopedia of Music.
Stephen Sitarski, violin
Concertmaster of Canada’s Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Esprit Orchestra, violinist Stephen Sitarski has premiered a number of works by leading Canadian composers. He is a regular participant in diverse festival events nationally and also internationally and he was recently awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
Currently he is a faculty member of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (Canada), at Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and he also maintains an active private studio in Toronto.
Réa Beaumont, piano
Described as “a tremendous pianist” (CBC Radio 2), Réa Beaumont has garnered critical acclaim for her international solo concerts and recordings that have been broadcast in 13 countries. She has collaborated with esteemed composers such as R. Murray Schafer, Barbara Pentland, Oskar Morawetz, Chan Ka Nin and more to premiere over 50 compositions, including those commissioned for her by the CBC. Beaumont is the author of the book “Composer Barbara Pentland” for which she was named “a world authority” (CBC Radio 2) in the field. Formerly a Faculty member at the University of British Columbia, she is currently affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
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